Calendar of Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 22
Community Thanksgiving Service.  Sanctuary, 7:00, refreshments in fellowship hall to follow. 

Thursday, November 23—
Friday, November 24
Church office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 26
UM Student Sunday.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM

Tuesday, November 28
Finance Committee.  Library, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, November 29
Advent Decoration Night.  Sanctuary, 6:30 PM (Contact Debbie Stephens or Rolinda Smoak to help.)

Sunday, December 3
First Sunday in Advent/Global Migration Sunday.  Sanctuary 10:30 AM

Saturday, December 9
Farm Hands Quartet Concert. Sanctuary, 6:00 PM.

Sunday, December 17
Children’s Choir Sunday (Joint Service). Sanctuary, 10:30 AM. Cookies and coffee to be served after the service in Crichton Fellowship Hall.
RUMC Hosting Community Thanksgiving Service
This year, RUMC will have the privilege of hosting this year’s community-wide Thanksgiving service. The service will be held in our Sanctuary starting at 7:00 PM on Wednesday evening November 22nd. Pastor Rick Phillips will be our guest speaker this year—so come support one of our own. We will provide light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall after the service.

Thanksgiving Closures
Happy Thanksgiving weekend to everyone in Riverview. The church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23-24 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, and RESTORE will also be closed on Thursday, November 23, for Thanksgiving.

Other Future Special Sundays
Sunday, November 26th is Student Sunday marked throughout the United Methodist denomination. Your special offering on that day will make it possible for young Methodist students to serve God around the world. 
Right now, there are Methodist young people—who might not have had the resources to attend a school of their choice, or, for some, any school at all—who’ve been sent by you into the world God loves because of your giving to United Methodist Student Day. When you give generously you are support these students as they prepare for a life that unites faith with knowledge.

As we near Thanksgiving, it’s hard to believe that the Advent season is rapidly approaching. Sunday, December 3, is the first Sunday of Advent. On Wednesday evening, November 29, a group of us will be decorating the sanctuary in preparation for celebrating Jesus’ birth. If you want to help us decorate, please let Debbie Stephens or Rolinda Smoak know.

On that Sunday, December 3, the Bishops of the United Methodist Church are calling on all of us to give to the Global Migration Sunday special offering. This offering is taken to benefit the millions of refugees around the world on behalf of UMCOR

On Sunday, December 17, the children’s choir will be performing at a joint service. There will be refreshments available after the service in the fellowship hall.

Thank You Cards
This holiday season, the church office is challenging everyone in the congregation to take the opportunity to write out a word of gratitude to at least three other people in our church family. This is an opportunity to show thankfulness anytime between now and year’s end. Make sure that at least one card goes to someone you don’t know all that well. If you can’t mail cards, emailing would be a nice substitute. Early in 2018, we will share testimonies about this exercise. Let’s all try to encourage one another during the holiday season.

The “No Christmas Tree Sale”
For the third year in a row, the United Methodist Men have once again voted to save their backs by not selling Christmas Trees. Instead, each member of the UMM has pledged to donate $200 in lieu of selling trees, and we are inviting other men and families of the church to help us make our sales goal. Over the past two years, the “No Christmas Tree Sale” has raised at least $3,000 by not selling trees; we donate the proceeds from this drive to “kick-start” the church’s operational fund in the new year.

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Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the November, 2017
BELL Newsletter from this link.
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Download the Prayer Tree for 
November 26 from this link .
Bible Passage of the Week
As the Deer Pants

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
Why are you downcast, O my soul?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him my Savior and my God.

Psalms 42:1-2, 5 (NIV)

The Farm Hands Quartet Coming in December
The RUMC Care Committee is pleased to announce that they will be sponsoring the Farm Hands Quartet in concert in our sanctuary on December 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM. The Farm Hands Quartet is a multi-award winning Bluegrass Quartet from Nashville, Tennessee. They were awarded the 2017 Bluegrass Gospel Band of the Year by Bluegrass Magazine.

The band is one of the busiest touring bands in bluegrass, performing over 150 concert dates per year. The quartet consists of Tim Graves (dobro), Daryl Mosley (guitar), Don Hill (banjo) and Keith Tew (guitar)—all award-winning singers, musicians, and songwriters. The Farm Hands are one of the most exciting and talented bands in bluegrass music.